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Gallen: We Were Potent

Assistant manager reflects on win at Woking

30 July 2019

Brandon Haunstrup in action for Pompey at Woking
Photo: Andrew Hurdle

It was a positive way for Pompey to end their pre-season schedule ahead of Saturday’s League One opener.

Brett Pitman and Oli Hawkins both struck twice to help them secure a 4-2 victory over Woking at Kingfield Stadium.

The former scored with a penalty and free-kick, while the latter – in his first game since recovering from a back injury – added a third after just 19 minutes and then wrapped things up late on.

And Joe Gallen was delighted with the manner in which the Blues saw off their National League hosts.

Pompey’s assistant manager said: “It was an excellent performance – especially in the first half, when we played some nice passing football.

“The rain before kick-off meant it was a nice, slick surface to play on and we wanted to capitalise on that.

“A lot of chances were created and we managed to score three early goals in a tricky fixture away to a National League team.

"It was an excellent performance – especially in the first half, when we played some nice passing football."

Joe Gallen

“I’ve said before that we’re a big scalp and teams will always raise their game when they come up against us.

“So it was pleasing to see just how potent we looked and although it was a little different after the break, we were happy with the overall display.”

Teenager Haji Mnoga partnered first year professional Matt Casey in the centre of defence and Gallen was pleased with the duo.

He said: “Woking were a tough, physical side and a real threat from set-pieces, so we had to stand up and be counted.

“It was a very young and inexperienced pairing at the back and they did well. We have a lot of time for both of them.

“These sort of fixtures will bring on their confidence pretty quickly and help with their learning process.”

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